Footprints: Sustainable music across Europe

3 November, 13:15 – 14:15

Malwina Witkowska (No Earplugs), Simon Raab (Purple Is The Color), Saskia Groot (Bimhuis)

Looking for new approaches to international collaboration and touring? Check in with Footprints and ask away!

First there was Jazz Connective, a project which has been implemented by 6 European countries between 2018 and 2020. Starting in 2021, Footprints is its direct continuation, uniting four experienced European partners – Bimhuis (Amsterdam), Druga Godba (Ljubljana), Austrian Music Export (Vienna) and Oslo Jazz Festival – to provide education, training and mentoring programmes for artists, agents and promoters. Footprints aims at reforming the music sector and introducing the values of social, economic and environmental responsibility to its activities.

One foot in Poland and the other in Norway… Malwina Witkowska launched No Earplugs in the beginning of 2020 in Oslo. It is a booking agency on the freer side of jazz, for the greatest artists and her musical heroes from Norway, Japan and USA, such as Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, Cortex, Jonas Cambien Trio, Otomo Yoshihide Special Big Band and many more. Malwina is proudly representing Norway in the Footprints program. Together with Frank van Berkel and Saskia Groot from Bimhuis as her mentors, she will organize a sustainable tour in the Netherlands in 2022 for the mixed Austrian/Czech jazz quartet Purple is The Color. Joining the chat are Simon Raab, who hails from Linz and who is Purple Is The Color’s pianist and bandleader, and Saskia Groot, who is head of production at Bimhuis and the winner of the Anne Faber Stipend 2021, a stimulation prize for cultural entrepreneurship.

Malwina Witkowska
Simon Raab
Saskia Groot